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  #76  
Old January 5th, 2013, 06:06 PM
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Nice. I can imagine how good the feijoada was after the ride.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 06:14 PM
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Nice. I can imagine how good the feijoada was after the ride.

It was really good.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 10:11 PM
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Old January 5th, 2013, 10:33 PM
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I'm digging my Nago. Took some getting used to because this saddle is very narrow compared any of the saddles i've used before. Today was about 2 hours on the saddle and I didn't have to worry about.
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Old February 10th, 2013, 07:02 PM
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I was itching to go ride on Saturday and luckily had time to go out for a few hours. I heard Angeles Crest Hwy would close due to snow and that interested me to try riding up to Mount Wilson. This is my first real mountain climb and aways wondered if I would make it up there. So here it goes...

You can still see the damage from the last big La Canada fire.



Climbing...



It's about 14 miles from La Canada to the Red Box. Red Box is a stop many use for restroom and water break and they have the Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center there too. Looked like there was only one water fountain there which was broken and had to use a faucet behind the fountain, LOL.



Bike did really well without a glitch but the user was struggling. We made it up there and I'm glad I was able to take in the scenic beauty.




On the way back down just before descending to La Canada.



BTW, Angeles Crest Hwy was wide open through Palmdale so there was traffic. I don't think I'm in super shape but most of us just get scared of the sheer numbers and what stava tells you. You'll never know if you can do something until you try it. I didn't PR everywhere on strava or whatever on this ride but I had fun climbing to Mount Wilson. I rode solo and could have killed myself to break some personal record but I had more fun enjoying the view and the ride.
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Old February 10th, 2013, 08:55 PM
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Nice.

I hope you were hearing this during the epic descent:

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Old February 10th, 2013, 09:10 PM
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That's beautiful. Angeles Crest Hwy is not crazy steep and doesn't have crazy sharp turns. 14 miles descending was a pleasure without brakes except for some traffic and wet/icy spots on top but it was really fun descending it. I don't think it compares to Vivaldi's Invierno but I think it was pretty close.

It was painful above 4000ft elevation because the water from melting snow splashed on my legs and the exposed skin was freezing. The descent was worth the climb.
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 09:56 PM
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Went back to Mt. Wilson today. This time I wanted to go check out the Mt. Wilson Observatory(http://www.mtwilson.edu/vis.php). The only mistake was that I didn't read their website thoroughly enough. We get up there and the gates are closed... LOL

Oh well, I guess I'll have to go back there another day after April 1st.

This is Mt. Wilson Red Box Road. About 5 miles long and 1000 feet of climb to the observatory from Angeles Crest Hwy. My legs were done after this.







Finally at the top.



Amazing view of Los Angeles and beyond...





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Old March 23rd, 2013, 11:20 PM
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that's a lot of climbing. well done!
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Old March 24th, 2013, 05:23 PM
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Awesome!

Let me know the next time you head up there... I might be in the mood for some sufferiing.
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Old March 24th, 2013, 06:31 PM
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Nice.

At least one of us is riding.
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Old March 24th, 2013, 06:49 PM
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The view is worth suffering for. I'm open either April 6 or April 13. Anyone up for some observatory action? Observatory should be open then.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 01:15 PM
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I'm too out of shape and would eat shit and die on that climb. I'll stick to Dennis The Menace Beach Bike Path for the time being.
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Old April 16th, 2013, 11:17 PM
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Last Saturday ride...

I didn't plan it to be a big ride but it turned out to be a 5 hour ride to Mt. Wilson.

One of the ranger stations on Angeles Crest Hwy to top off on water and rest. That road takes us to another station called the Red Box but we decided to take another route that winds through the back side of that mountain and down that same road.



This is Angeles Forest Hwy...








Angeles Forest Hwy connects w/ Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road... and finally we merge to Angeles Crest Hwy.



Everything was very green and blooming except for the larger trees burned by the "Station Fire" in 2009.

This was a 65 mile long ride and by mile 35, I was done enjoying the scenery. I couldn't give up and turn around because there would be more climbing to do. I don't think I'll want to do this ride again. Too much climbing.

The EPS was superb and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's fast on the descents and climbs well and most importantly... it's the right color. I'm diggin' it.
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Old April 17th, 2013, 09:20 AM
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Five hours? That's awesome.
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 07:11 PM
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Friend's birthday ride to San Diego. Started 3 years ago and now it's become a yearly thing. The 2 previous years felt like we were in a rush to get to San Diego. It's not as enjoyable depending on who you ride with but this year was fun. No rush, just ride and enjoy the view. It was about 7 hours of riding but took us over 9 hours to get to Downtown San Diego.
This year I decided to take my Ti cross commuter(which don't commute much on... LOL) and carry some luggage. I carried my change of clothes, tools, tablet, chargers, and some miscellaneous stuff for a couple other guys. Loaded my 2 Ortlieb panniers on the back.

I replaced the Grifo XS with the Parigi-Roubaix for this trip hoping to get better roll but don't know if it made much difference.




I never took a trip this long on a loaded bike and thought it would be a nice opportunity to try. It was awesome... bike was heavy but a lot more comfortable ride. The only issue was to somewhat keep up w/ the rest of the group since they were all on their road bikes. There were 7 road bikes and 2 TT's. There's always a TT or two in the group. Surprisingly we rode together as a group for the most part. Climbs were a bit of a challenge to keep up for me but managed.

We started riding from the Amtrak station in the Angels stadium parking lot. We stopped a lot during this trip which was nice.

First stop somewhere in Huntington Beach.




Another stop at 7-Eleven in San Clemente.




Near San Onofre.




This is the group I rode with. 2 TT's in front of me.




Another rest point just south of the San Onofre Nuclear Plant.




I believe this is Carlsbad.




Riding through Encinitas.




Approaching Torrey Pines Road... It's an easy climb but not so after 80 miles.




Driving range at Torrey Pines...




10 miles to go and I just needed someone to say... can we take a break? I was dying...




We get to downtown starving... after picking up our return train tickets we found this little italian joint nearby the station. Post ride meal... Meatballs and beer!

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Old September 3rd, 2013, 07:38 PM
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Awesome!
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 08:29 PM
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I didn't know you rode with those guys when you had luggage.

That's pretty bad ass.
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 09:17 PM
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Very cool, Han
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 09:45 PM
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We had 10 guys this time and only me, Chris(brother in law), James, and birthday boy Alfredo were going all the way to San Diego. The rest of the group turned around in San Onofre. Previous years... we had some weirdo's so not as fun. It was fun this year.
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Old September 4th, 2013, 02:25 PM
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That's awesome.

I don't know if I'm blowing his cover or anything, but Tom Kimura is going to ride from Eugene, OR to San Diego at the end of the month.
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Old September 4th, 2013, 03:30 PM
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That would be an awesome trip. Someday I'll do a trip like that with my kids.
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Old December 24th, 2013, 04:03 PM
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Beautiful afternoon for a ride.
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Old December 28th, 2013, 07:08 PM
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Less than two hours apart...

This:


Then this:


I am definitely ready to pass the cheese touch to someone else...

On a positive note, I did make it home on each of the two tires!
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Old January 19th, 2014, 10:12 AM
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Evan got a new bike for his birthday... now every morning he wakes up and asks if we can go for a mountain bike ride!



I even managed to talk Gabrielle into joining us today!

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